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Poster: ridetheory Date: Jul 21, 2004 12:48pm
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Cashel -- Czecho-Slovak Pavilion at 1939 Fair

(This is off topic, but Cashel will be interested in it.)

MAY 1, 1939, NYT

CZECHS' PAVILION PROVES LODESTONE

Silent Testimonial to Hitler Conquest Attracts Throng -- Display Still Closed

USED AS A VANTAGE POINT

Building Begun During the Democratic Regime to Be Opened Next Month

One unopened exhibit at the World's Fair, its floor still piled with unopened packing cases, yesterday drew as much attention as some of the completed pavilions. It was the independent exhibition of Czecho-Slovakia, menaced with extinction when Chancellor Adolph Hitler's troops declared their "protectorate" over the Central European republic, and now in the hands of a committee of Americans and former Czecho-Slovak officials here.

One of the large pavilions in the foreign section of the Fair, fronting on Congress Street off the Lagoon of Nations, the building is expected to be opened formally next month. Yesterday, however, its spacious porch played host to visitors who used it as a vantage point to watch parades and ceremonies near the lagoon.

Through tinted windows opening on the veranda they could see piles of crates, some of them marked with the names of firms well known in Prague for their Bohemian glass, manufactured goods and other products of the republic. The building, except for its interior arrangement, appeared to be complete. Czecho-Slovak officials here have said that the majority of the exhibits planned before the "protectorate" will be incorporated in the display.

The pavilion, running through from Congress Street to Rodman Street, modern in design and finished at the rear in panels of Czecho-Slovak glass, was begun in the independent republic and completed despite the German occupation of the country. Colonel Vladimir S. Hurban, Minister to the United States. who recently refused to give up the Embassy in Washington to the German authorities, appointed George J. Janecek, commercial secretary of the Consulate General in New York, as comissioner general for Czecho-Slovak participation in the Fair.

According to Mr. Janecek, the exhibit will be designed to show the development of industry in the republic during its twenty years of independence after the World War. To enable the exhibition to operate, a Mayor's committee for Czecho-Slovak participation has been set up with headquarters in the Consulate General at 1,440 Broadway to receive contributions of Americans and Czechs interested in the exhibit. Officers of the the committee are: Honorary chairman, Mayer La Guardia; acting chairman, John H. Finley; acting vice chairman, Robert J. Caldwell; secretary, Dr. Gerald F. Machacek, and treasurer, Karel Hudec, Czecho-Slovak Consul General in New York.

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Poster: cashel Date: Jul 21, 2004 11:37am
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: Cashel -- Czecho-Slovak Pavilion at 1939 Fair

interesting but not from"NYT May 1,1939" May be a be story printed elsewhere.

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Poster: ridetheory Date: Jul 21, 2004 12:22pm
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: Cashel -- Czecho-Slovak Pavilion at 1939 Fair

Here is the citation.

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CZECHS' PAVILION PROVES LODESTONE
New York Times (1857-current File) New York, N.Y.:May 1, 1939. p. 2 (1 pp.)
Article types: article
Publication title: New York Times (1857-Current file). New York, N.Y.: May 1, 1939. pg. 2, 1 pgs
Source Type: Historical newspaper
ISSN/ISBN: 03624331
ProQuest document ID: 113344442
Text Word Count 402

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Poster: simon c Date: Jul 21, 2004 12:23pm
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: Cashel -- Czecho-Slovak Pavilion at 1939 Fair

Out of interest, what database are you searching to get that info, ridetheory? That's kinda cool - I'm expecting it's not a free database, though. I see a mention of ProQuest in your citation?

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Poster: ridetheory Date: Jul 21, 2004 12:37pm
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: Cashel -- Czecho-Slovak Pavilion at 1939 Fair

My local library gives me access to the NYT Historical database. I can get at it from home with my library card number. I have to transcribe the text, because it's all presented as PDF scans of the original. (Well, some kind of scan of the microfilm master, I'm guessing...) The database behind it must be huge, because it will find a single word within those PDF files -- somewhere, there must be a text version of the entire run of the paper from the 1850s!

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Poster: cashel Date: Jul 21, 2004 12:50pm
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: Cashel -- Czecho-Slovak Pavilion at 1939 Fair

every data base contains errors. I think that this is another ERROR

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Poster: ridetheory Date: Jul 21, 2004 12:55pm
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: Cashel -- Czecho-Slovak Pavilion at 1939 Fair

http://scribble.com/ridetheory/Czech.jpg

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Poster: cashel Date: Jul 21, 2004 1:15pm
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: Cashel -- Czecho-Slovak Pavilion at 1939 Fair

The story from the database refers to events which happened after the end of World War2 and probably in 1945. The small clipping appears to be part of a larger story, probably written in 1945. Referring to another topic , previously you expressed interest the life of Mr Medicus. I cannot confirm this but his widow may have been Rose Medicus and a son named Stephen and the data-base might yield further info.

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Poster: ridetheory Date: Jul 21, 2004 4:19pm
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Huh?

Maybe you can be more specific and tell me what events in the article happened after it was written. Did the Nazis invade Czechoslovakia after WWII? Did the World of Tommorrow exposition, commonly known as the 1939 World's Fair, open after 1945? Or do you live in some alternative timeline from the one I inhabit -- one in which Hitler won the war, or where he became a famous painter?

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Poster: ridetheory Date: Jul 21, 2004 1:28pm
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: Cashel -- Czecho-Slovak Pavilion at 1939 Fair

That story came from the May 1, 1939 edition of the New York Times. The link I just posted is to a screenshot of the image of the page, showing the date and the headline.

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Poster: ginni Date: Oct 26, 2004 8:21am
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: Cashel -- Czecho-Slovak Pavilion at 1939 Fair

Hello - is anybody home?

Is there no one around who wants to talk about the Pavilion?

Cashel - ridetheory?

Aloha,
gs

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Poster: ginni Date: Sep 22, 2004 10:35am
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: Cashel -- Czecho-Slovak Pavilion at 1939 Fair

Pardon the intrusion, please.

I have a very narrow interest in the 1939 New York World's Fair Czecho-Slovakia Pavilion. My interests are not political.

I have a Bohemian porcelain reference web site. On it I have information about the 1939 Czechoslovak pavilion because people have contacted me concerning its display items they claim to have in their possession. Others have contacted me looking for information to find pieces that their family produced for the fair through businesses in Czechoslovakia before the occupation.

The people who have contacted me, as well as myself, are trying to verify the origins of their pieces. What information I find, I will share on my web site, as there seems to be interest in it.

My question - do any of you know where, who, how to discover what happened to the displays and products that were meant for the fair pavilion?

One article I found reported that the items were sold at the Czechoslovak Bazaar in Manhattan. I can find no information about the bazaar.

You can see what I have concerning the pavilion thus far at: http://www.ginni.com/collection/pavilion.html

If yuo want to communicate with me directly rather than through the board, you can email me at: Collector@ginni.com

Thank you for allowing me to butt into the middle of your discussion.

Warmly,
gs
Ginni D Snodgrass
Tualatin, OR